Introduction to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (2e) : 9780131137776

Introduction to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (2e)

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Formerly entitled Policing the Community: A Guide for Patrol Operations, Introduction to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice 2e has been completely revised and updated throughout, and is suitable for use in introduction to law enforcement courses and introduction to criminal justice courses with a law enforcement focus.


Balanced, current, and well organized, Introduction to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice 2e critically examines and evaluates law enforcement and the administration of justice in a diverse post-9/11 society. It presents a global and detailed view of law enforcement and criminal justice philosophies, operations, tactics, strategies, and processes as well as an introduction to the criminal law, criminal courts and corrections. The book’s unique approach promotes a vision for law enforcement and other justice system personnel that integrates essential critical thinking, problem-solving, and communications skill development with the need to deploy ethical practitioners and peacekeepers that demonstrate leadership capabilities.



Table of contents

  1. Overview of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice.

  2. Criminal Law and Crime Control.

  3. Professionalism, Ethics, and Leadership.

  4. Communications.

  5. Community Policing:  Philosophy and Strategy.

  6. Community Policing:  Problem Solving.

  7. Career Preparation.

  8. General Police Operations.

  9. Legal Aspects of Policing.

10. Policing:  Special Situations.

11. Investigations.

12. The Courts and the Judicial Process.

13. Corrections.

Features & benefits

NEW–Significantly expanded scope: Added coverage of the criminal law, criminal courts and the corrections system.

  • Gives students an introduction to all aspects of the criminal justice system



NEW–Examination of law enforcement operations and strategies in a post-9/11 era—Covers counterterrorism and crime prevention and control methodologies are balanced with the protection of individual rights.

  • Addresses balancing security initiatives with civil and constitutional rights.



Emphasis on professionalism, ethics, leadership, communications, and problem-solving skill development for criminal justice personnel.

  • Addresses current skills and human qualities required by law enforcement and criminal justice agencies



Central themes address human and constitutional rights, civil liberties, multiculturalism, diversity, and critical issues in policing and criminal justice.

  • Helps to develop sensitivity to needs of individuals within a diverse society.



Case studies and additional sources of information—Relevant case studies and web sites are presented throughout the text.

  • Assists with the development of critical thinking, problem-solving, and research skills.



Extensive in-text learning aids.

  • Learning objectives
  • Chapter summaries
  • Key terms highlighted in text
  • Case studies
  • Discussion questions
  • Critical thinking exercises